Shooting an Elephant Essays

  • Shooting An Elephant

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    Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell Have you ever looked at something or someone and started reminiscing negative comments in your head about them? What about cared what others thought of you and tried to play hero to get them to like you? George Orwell’s essay, “Shooting an Elephant”, is a great example of this scenario. This essay secretly hid three key points that most written documents may or may not pinpoint on. It explains how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, animals

  • Ethos In Shooting An Elephant

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    This quote from Buddhism depicts the idea of the short story, Shooting an Elephant, by George Orwell. In the story Orwell committed the crime of shooting an elephant, which legally he had the right to do, but morally felt guilty about killing an innocent animal. According to Everything's an Argument, a correct causal argument needs to have a claim, warrant, and evidence. Even though Orwell did commit the crime of shooting an elephant, throughout the story he used ethos, pathos, and figurative language

  • Shooting An Elephant Theme

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    the story Shooting an Elephant. Where a police officer has every right to shoot an elephant who killed a man, but morally has conflict against doing so. There are three main themes or messages in this story, those are peer pressure, morality and action. First of all, this story has a lot of moral conflict. The story is about a man who is a police officer in Burma, and already he sees how much he is hated by the local people. The main moral choice comes when he is holding the elephant gun and is

  • Imperialism In Shooting An Elephant

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    “The Discussion of Shooting an Elephant” In the short essay Shooting an Elephant the author George Orwell discusses how her shot an elephant. The thing that most people don’t know about this short essay Shooting an Elephant is that it is not just about killing an elephant. In this short essay George Orwell discusses things about how he shot the elephant and also what the reason of why he shot the elephant. In the end of this essay the author decides that he should kill the elephant instead of letting

  • Similes In Shooting An Elephant

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    In the story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, there are many uses of literary devices. Orwell uses similes as key component throughout the story. Similes help the reader understand the tone and grasp what is actually occurring at a certain moment. For example, when the elephant took somebody`s life in the story, Orwell states,“The friction of the great beast's foot had stripped the skin from his back as neatly as one skins a rabbit” (Orwell 2). This simile gives the reader the impression

  • Shooting An Elephant Essay

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    The essay “Shooting an Elephant” is a self-portraying, non-fiction entry written by George Orwell, in which he is forced to shoot an elephant. In the essay he talks about struggle amongst his own belief and society’s needs, which he ought to fulfil being an imperial police officer. Also, this essay is a symbol of oppression that can be seen through Burmese people towards Orwell. In the essay he uses a sad tone and throws light on the fact that the position of power is not at all glitter and sparkle

  • Imperialism In The Passage 'Shooting An Elephant'

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    by any means, to increase economic profitability for their own country. This self centered and egotistical approach also motivated beliefs that their culture and religion were superior to those of the inferior nations. In the passage "Shooting an Elephant", the individual went to do his job as

  • Shooting An Elephant Analysis Essay

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    makes. For example, when the crowd passed the dead body no one cared to comfort the dead man’s family. The crowds’ lust for the elephant’s flesh and adventure overshadowed the consideration of those that are grief-stricken. The narrator kills the elephant to show his dominance to the natives. Throughout this moment the narrator argues within himself about what is

  • George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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    Analysis of George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” The argument in George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” is that imperialism can make a person go against their own beliefs in order to attain personal goals and authority. The essay discusses the evils of imperialism through Orwell’s experience with the oppressed people of Burma and his encounter with the elephant. Because of the fact that Orwell is a sub-divisional police officer in Burma he was able to establish a concrete and trustworthy

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Shooting An Elephant

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    September, 2015 Shooting an Elephant Analyzing Rhetorical Devices Shooting an Elephant, written by George Orwell in 1936, describes his experience working as a British officer located in Moulmein, Burma. He writes his essay to reveal the cruelty and disastrous outcome of imperialism he witnesses. Orwell uses strong resource of language such as symbolism, metaphors and imagery to express his disdain for British imperialism. Orwell uses symbolism to connect the character of the elephant to the effects

  • George Orwell: Shooting An Elephant

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    George Orwell: “Shooting an Elephant In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell we get to look through the eyes of an officer in the India Imperial Police. Orwell represents the evils of imperialism by using symbolism including “The sea of yellow faces”, “the hunting rifle”, and “shooting the elephant”. Orwell’s use of “The sea of yellow faces” shows a deviation between the Burmese and himself. He shows this by stating “…I ought not to shoot him” (326). He doesn’t want to shoot the elephant but he knows

  • Rite Of Passage In Shooting An Elephant

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    In the short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, a young man experiences a case of influence and peer pressure like none other. An English police officer is placed in a Burmese area and assigned to protect the people there. The people of this town are not fond of the outsider and treat him very poorly. In order for the officer to gain a kind of reassurance from the Burmese people, he must find a way to make them happy. In the story, George Orwell uses imagery and characterization in order

  • Shooting An Elephant Poem Analysis

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    pressure. In the poem he was pressured by the 2-3 thousand people watching him deal with the elephant. If all those people were not there than he would not have shot the beast, but he had to prove his point. “The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life, every white man’s life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at.” page 1323 was a perfect quote describing his pressure to shoot the elephant. Peer pressure is really hard on a guy and will lead him to make the wrong decisions. I found

  • Figurative Language In Shooting An Elephant

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    George Orwell’s essay, Shooting an Elephant, describes his experience killing an out of control elephant while working as a police officer in the British colony of Burma. It highlights the cruelness of imperialism by showing the effects of Britain's control of Burma. In his essay, Orwell utilizes figurative language in order to explain his opposition and hatred towards the system of imperialism. To begin with, Orwell objects the idea of imperialism through the use of imagery. While working for the

  • George Orwell Shooting An Elephant

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    George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” is a “perplexing” account of life in India during times of British rule, through the eyes of a European Police Officer. His experience contains matters of oppression, conflict, and feelings that help to reveal the true, evil nature of Imperialism. Oppression is one of the faces of evil in this essay. The first instance of oppression is when we learn the conditions of being a Burman. The Burmese people, due to the

  • Imperialism In Shooting An Elephant, By George Orwell

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    “Shooting an Elephant” is an essay by George Orwell, where Orwell is speaking to the British population about their imperial government and how it is hurtful, harsh and inefficient to all. This story is the central focus from which the author builds his argument through the two dominant character, the elephant and its executioner. In this essay, the elephant and the British officer help prove that imperialism is a double-edge sword. The story concerns a colonial officer’s obligation to shoot an elephant

  • Perspective In George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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    In the short story Orwell faces a choice, a lesser of two evils scenario where he must either decide to shoot an Elephant that killed a man because it was provoked or follow his better judgement and not kill a defenceless animal. A Lot of people would argue against his decision of killing the animal because he states the main reason he killed it was because he didn’t

  • George Orwell's Essay 'Shooting An Elephant'

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    Novelist, Political writer and Journalist, George Orwell, in his autobiographical essay “Shooting an Elephant,” relays his experience as a police officer in colonial Burma. Orwell’s purpose is to reveal the fact that imperialism harms both the oppressed and the oppressor. He acquires a negative and penitent tone in order to voice out his thoughts, primarily to his British readers, regarding imperialism and how it ironically enslaved the British because of the expectations of the oppressed natives

  • Response To Shooting An Elephant By George Orwell

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    Reading Response “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell is a story about what he went through when he was a policeman in Burma, and why he shot an elephant, “solely to avoid looking [like] a fool.” “[He] was hated by a large numbers of people,” and in a way tortured for things that he didn’t even understand what he was doing. He perceived that him and his other european cohorts were doing the right thing, but he also hated that fact that they were there. At first I assumed that this essay was

  • George Orwell Shooting An Elephant Analysis

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    “Shooting an Elephant”, by George Orwell, is a story of Orwell as a cop in a barbaric society where the law was never really taken seriously. As you can probably tell from the title of the story, an elephant gets shot and Orwell is the one who did it. Many believe that Orwell killed the elephant because he was peer pressured to do so by the townspeople that were staring at him and mocking him for being a weak coward. That may seem like the right answer, but then Orwell begins to write about the thoughts